Bone Health

In normal women, the annual rate of bone mineral density loss appears to be greatest at or around menopause. Diet and exercise are particularly important in prevention of osteoporosis and to maintain proper bone formation and density.

  1. Calcium

  2. Vitamin D

  3. Exercise

Weight training is also good for your bones. Of the 10 million people in the United States diagnosed with osteoporosis, 8 million are women*. Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis because their bones are smaller, thinner, and less dense. Osteoporosis is a chronic bone disease that makes you more susceptible to fractures.

 

Bone loss can also increase after menopause due to declining estrogen levels. Further, risk of osteoporosis increases with age, and women tend to live longer than men.

Strength training and bone heath

Your muscles and bones are strongly interconnected anatomically, physiologically, and chemically. The force placed on your muscles when you strength-train activates bone cell production to improve bone density, health and strength. When it comes to the best exercises for muscle strength and bone health, weight training is the most beneficial*. Though you should always consult with your primary care provider first, the Mayo Clinic reports that your strength-training workout may also help you manage your chronic health issues, such as your arthritis, back pain, diabetes or depression.

*Resources:

National Osteoporosis Foundation

NCBI

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